Fish Tank (2010)

Teenage angst at its worst.

The life of hot-tempered teen outcast Mia (Katie Jarvis) takes an unexpected turn when her mother, Joanne (Kierston Wareing), brings home a handsome and mysterious boyfriend named Connor (Michael Fassbender), who pledges to bring sweeping positive changes to the household.

The movie starts out as all good and happy-go-lucky (kind of), but then starts to turn into some dark material, which will really set you off.

For me this is one of those films for a long time I have been wanting to see. I love those rebellious outsider films and when I heard of this and its praise I knew I just had to see it. It is very angst, and will turn some viewers away mostly cause of its gritty look, but has a lot more to it.

The movie is really about these two’s relationship – and how Mia learns, the hard way, quite a bit about life, and, how to get out of her self-imposed living Hell. It’s sort of a rites of passage or coming of age type story. The story is pretty straightforward, and you can see some events coming, but then there are other times when things get tense and you don’t know how things will turn out.

The one problem I had with this film was that there were times in this film where it could have just really totally made some cinema gold with their scenes but however, they just go for the indie role. And when i mean the indie role I mean the ambiguous way of thinking. By the end, there were times where I though they are really going to make this work, and then it doesn’t and just cuts to another scene so suddenly. Another problem was that the main twist to the end of the story was pretty obvious, I knew how, when, and where it was coming, it was just how effected I was going to be, and I really wasn’t.

This is Kate Jarvis’ first film role and its surprise cause she her performance is so real, raw, and vulnerable its going to be a huge surprise if she doesn’t get bigger roles like this anymore. Fassbender is very good here as Connor, who rides a thin line between encouraging her and flirting with her, and most of the time he’s on screen will make you feel safe, sometimes. The film really does get under the skin of this girl, so not only is it about her but people as well.

Consensus: Fish Tank doesn’t achieve dramatic greatness, but with enough strong metaphors about life, a moving coming-of-age story, and powerful performances from Jarvis and Fassbender, it does get pretty high up there.



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